Category: Autism

I Had No Idea This Behavior Was So Common Among Children with Autism — Now I Know How to Help!

Wandering is common among neurotypical toddlers and young children, and it is often short-lived — however, for children and adults with autism, the behavior can continue for years, with nearly fifty percent of all children on the autism spectrum engaging in the behavior. Individuals on the spectrum often have difficulties with sensory input, communication, and safety awareness, which can lead to …

What Happens When Parents Get Too Old to Care for Adult Children with Autism?

Over 19,000 adults in Singapore are diagnosed with autism. Unfortunately, there are no specialized homes for adults on the spectrum, so they share living quarters in institutions like Bishan Home, one of five residential homes for intellectually disabled individuals in Singapore. The staff there care do their best to handle their specialized needs, but their training may not be specialized …

Beth Hiatt Writes ‘Let’s Talk About Autism’ Article for School Magazine

  Beth Hiatt, 13, is the co-editor of her school’s magazine, and she recently wrote an article called “Let’s Talk About Autism” for the publication explaining how autism affects her daily life — and how she hopes to change the public’s perception of people on the spectrum. After the piece was published, her mother, Beccy Hiatt, shared the unedited article …

The Hardest Part About Traveling With Autism

Last winter my husband Joe and I took five red suitcases, four messy boys and one pink girl on a Caribbean vacation. As soon as our second son, Jack, climbed into the shuttle to the airport, he made an announcement to the driver: “None of us. Smoke tobacco.” The driver looked back at me in the dim light of the van. It …

When a Little Girl at the Pool Realized My Son Has Autism

EMTs, firefighters and police officers all have something in common. When crisis arrives and everyone’s running away from it, they’re the ones running towards it. They’re the first on the scene to help, to rescue and to serve. In my world, the term “first responders” means something a little different. The first year after my son’s autism diagnosis — now …